|Easing my way back with the AlterG|
‘Cause I think this running thing’s really happening. I started back this week on the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill. Two runs down with no pain during or after.
I went into this a bit unsure if this was the time to give it a go or not. My most recent set of MRIs looked pretty good, but I still felt that I had some occasional pain in my feet. The doctor had told me I needed to be pain free for three straight weeks. I finally decided it was time to try. If it didn’t work out, I’d wait it out a few more weeks.
If it weren’t for the AlterG, I’m not sure I’d be running yet. I’m going to follow an 8-week progression plan that my PT has set up. My first run was just 1.5 miles at only 60% of my weight. Today I did two miles at 65%; Monday I go to 2.5 miles at 70%. By the end of the fourth week, I’ll do my first run on land and by the end of the eighth week, I will be at 31 miles between the AlterG and land. If you’ve ever been through a stress fracture/reaction, you know that this is a MUCH faster return to running than if you were doing it all on land. I like the fast track, I’ll admit.
Here’s the thing about bad injuries–they happen to your head just as much as your body. I’m still a nervous wreck about this return. I still don’t quite believe it is happening.
I’m a pretty worthy opponent, so I don’t intend to let this injury do a number on me. I’m going to work on the mental as much as the physical. Each step forward brings progress and I’m going to draw on that.
I’m going to own 2012.